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Politics Barack Obama

  • With the GOP- controlled Congress starting its third month of work on one of its marquee priorities, unresolved difficulties include how their substitute would handle Medicaid, whether millions of voters might lose coverage, if their proposed tax credits would be adequate and how to pay for the costly exercise. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office...

  • President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee said the reported $603 billion defense budget request was low.

  • he new Pentagon chief and US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis (L), is welcomed by Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on February 20, 2017. T

    The review of U.S. strategy comes at a decisive moment in the U.S.-led coalition effort against Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.

  • Applicants fill out paperwork during a healthcare enrollment fair at the Bay Area Rescue Mission on March 31, 2014 in Richmond, California.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says "the odds are very high" that Obamacare will remain in place in the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- President Donald Trump sought on Monday to bring the nation's largest insurance companies on board with his plans to overhaul Obamacare, saying their help was needed to deliver a smooth transition to the Republicans' new plan. "We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare you people know that and everyone knows that- to create more...

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he did not foresee a role for the FCC on the takeover and his comments were confirmed to Reuters by FCC spokesman Neil Grace. In January, AT&T said it expected to be able to bypass the FCC because it would not seek to transfer any Time Warner...

  • A Waymo self-driving car.

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has said she's reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration, remaining skeptical.

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Attorney General January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    The White House did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • President Donald Trump sits for an interview in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, February 23, 2017.

    President Donald Trump said he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law in a speech to the U.S. Congress.

  • WASHINGTON— Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce secretary in President Donald Trump's administration. The Senate is set to vote on Ross' nomination Monday evening. Ross easily cleared the Senate Commerce Committee and a procedural vote by the full Senate.

  • Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large budget deficit. Republicans in Congress are also working on plans, with the House GOP taking the lead.

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

    A mere 44 percent of Americans approve of the president's performance as president, while 48 percent disapprove, according to a survey.

  • Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large budget deficit. Republicans in Congress are also working on plans, with the House GOP taking the lead.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies...

  • Pruitt added the EPA's focus on combating climate change under former President Barack Obama had cost jobs and prevented economic growth, leading many Americans to want to see the EPA eliminated completely. "I think people across this country look at the EPA much like they look at the IRS. Pruitt was confirmed as EPA head last week.

  • A spotter lines up a truck before a container is loaded a ship in the Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Get rid of the state-sponsored barriers to growth and watch how common-sense policies turn rosy scenario into economic reality.

  • WASHINGTON— A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. The 105- page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R- Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. One scenario to phase out enhanced federal funding would convert the current system, in which states share the cost of Medicaid enrollees with the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him...